Anthony Reynolds Gallery was established in London in 1985. In three successive premises, it staged 230 exhibitions, including the work of some 300 artists. In 2015 the gallery decided to adopt a new model that would allow it to maintain all the activities of a primary gallery but without a fixed exhibition space. This allows it to collaborate in exhibiting artists in the best or most productive context for their work. The gallery currently represents 20 artists and works directly with several others. Gallery artists have won more than 100 major international awards and are represented internationally in dozens of museum collections.
At Draw Art Fair London, the gallery will be exhibiting works by Brazilian-born Lucia Nogueira (1950-1998), UK-born Lucy Harvey (1967) and Ian Breakwell (1943-2005).
Lucia Nogueira moved to London in 1975. She first exhibited paintings at Riverside Studios in 1984 and had solo exhibitions at the Ikon gallery, Birmingham (1993) and Camden Arts Centre, London (1994). Since her death there has been a major survey exhibition of her work at Serralves Museum, Porto in 2007, a solo show at the Bienal de São Paulo in 2018 and at the Henry Moore Foundation in 2018.
“[she had] a belief in drawing as a language as tactile as it was symbolic and metaphorical. Many of the objects she drew were as unnameable as the objects she made…everything is figurative, everything an abstraction” – Adrian Searle
For Ian Breakwell, the interdependency of image and text was a constant thematic background to his work but no other artist pursued this with such rigour and invention, across more media, with such incisive humour or such piercing insight into the surreality of the everyday. Drawing was central to his practice that also spanned painting, sculpture, performance, installation, photography, film, video, television and publications - all used to communicate the ideas of this remarkable artist. Many of Breakwell’s works are in important public collections, including those of Tate Gallery, MoMA New York, the British Council, and Arts Council England. A DVD anthology of his film work is available from the British Film Institute.
Lucy Harvey’s Guide To Life, commenced in 1997, is a constantly expanding reference work in which the information necessary for a successful life is collected and catalogued. It is both a work in its own right as well as the containing structure for every other work. The artist explains:
“…I started making a series of small abstract drawings on postcard-sized pieces of paper which could be easily made between packing and moving. I was also writing about my work, because this is something I always do. I was (as usual) writing about how I go about making work and (as usual) wondering if there could be strategies that would finally stop the endlessly repeating cycle of a period of brief excitement and productivity followed by a period of crushing despair. The difference this time was that , instead of writing in my journal, I decided to write on the same paper that I was using for the drawings and I decided to think of the drawings and text as a work…I put the drawings and texts on the wall and looked at them and saw that I was (again) making a work about the nature of art and the nature of art-making and that I was (again) looking for an answer to the eternal mysteries of beauty and transcendence and decided, in a mood of ironic fatalism, to give the work the title : Guide To Life VI(B).8: Art-Making (Strategies): The Answer To Everything. And I carried on making the work because…that’s what I had decided to do.”
These three exceptional artists are represented by Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.